Rosemary Bistro Cafe

4.5
68 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Rosemary Bistro Cafe is a restaurant based in Washington, D.C. that serves classic French-based cuisine. All our menu offerings prepared using the freshest ingredients. If you’re looking for a cozy dining experience in the D.C. area, come by our restaurant today.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 68 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love “our” new neighborhood restaurant! The owner and staff are attentive, friendly and genuinely interested in providing excellent food and service in a fairly casual atmosphere. The menu has great options for vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores - ie, everyone in our family! And did we mention the wine and cocktails? Yum!

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Willow
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have eaten here twice because it’s conveniently located near where my husband is temporarily staying. The food is ordinary and overpriced. The boeuf bourguignon and the salade nicoise in no way approach the typical style of preparation. The service is hit or miss.

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vipCuriousCarnivore
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Feels like home - if your parents are foodies.

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Rnesa
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, streets a little noisy, but very enjoyable experience

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EllieE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Not too crowded and very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the food was delicious, I highly recommend giving Rosemary Bistro Cafe a try! I just wish I got to eat more things on the menu… I guess I will just have to go back :)

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Janice
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant first visit to Rosemary Bistro, and it won’t be the last. We had Benedict dishes, but the menu is full of nice choices. The dessert menu is terrific!

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vipDaisy
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just the perfect Sunday lunch spot - we ate outside, the service was responsive without being overbearing, Hassan was very pleasant and helpful and the food was terrific! The avocado toast w salmon tartare is the perfect light meal for summer, and the crunchy toast underneath was great bc so many places give you slightly soggy bread. Nice wine and plenty of water, we had a wonderful relaxing time.

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viptsm1
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant that you can always count on.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the street cafe of Rosemary Bistro. The service is attentive without being intrusive. Each dish was beautifully presented combined with each morsel being delicious! Looking forward to return this Summer.

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Carol
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Eating outside here on a warm night was almost unbearable. You can be either on the sidewalk or actually on Connecticut Avenue, but either way you're closed in by tarps so there is no air circulation, and it's very crowded, unattractive and noisy. The service was dreadful - orders wrong, no spoons for soup, long delays between service to different diners after wrong dish was pointed out, no bread despite two requests, then no butter, not asked about coffee or dessert (which two of us wanted) before check was brought. Instead of comping the dessert or the coffee or at least hurrying it, we had to wait another 15 minutes to get it and another 15 while the check was redone. The food is fine but pricey for the setting and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I think they are pretty good and neighbors love them but I see some growing pains. They are taking on a lot of diners using the outdoor options and the service people seemed overwhelmed. Even the basics (bread) took time. I thought my steak special (ordered rare) didn’t seem to be great quality. It was a bit chewy and the sauce was unremarkable. I plan to try them again because they are in my neighborhood and quite popular. So maybe I just wasn’t lucky that night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belated Mother’s Day dinner

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vipfoodplusfun
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch!

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MaureenM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day
We had an excellent pigeon with peas.
Great bread!

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FlorenceC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok but service needs much improvement. We did not get bread in our table which at the end was a good thing because my son’s croque madame was huge. The waiter was very accommodating and let me order the bouillabaisse from the regular menu even though they were only offering the brunch and Mother’s Day one. The coffee was one of the worse one I’ve had in a long time and it arrived without a spoon, when I asked for one she brought me a soup one. First time there, went because a friend gave a GC for it but I don’t think I will going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bistro ever! Loved Fred’s food, service, and atmosphere.

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vipCarmine
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were immediately made to feel welcome. We had taken carryout from this restaurant, but this was our first in-house dining at the bistro. It exceeded expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a very nice addition to the neighborhood. Outdoor seating with umbrellas. Food very well prepared and creative.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Chef engages with the customers. Sat outside so of course there is noise on busy Connecticut Ave but on what was such a beautiful day who cares!

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JoanB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is Amazing! It is a lovely place to dine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this new spot. My salmon tartare was perfect and perfectly presented
It was a birthday lunch and without request we were brought a lovely little chocolate mousse on a festively decorated plate. We will definitely go back and I have already shared our happy experience with others.

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vipCAngeles
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is nice to have Rosemary Bistro in the neighborhood. The outdoor seating set up is lovely. The food is good, as well as the service. This was my first time to dine here, but it won't be the last.

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jrose27
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

hanger steak was absolutely superb and perfectly cooked

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vipDCGourmet
Washington DC
321 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosemary Bistro Café is a neighborhood gem. The cuisine is traditional French (e.g., French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Bouillabaisse, Moules/Frites), with an occasional fusion twist (e.g., Pan-Seared Dumplings, Pork Short Ribs).

We totally love this place, and dine here a couple times a month. The owner Frédéric is echt Français, jovial, and a wonderful host. The lead server Tim is a delight to work with.

Oh yes...the desserts...Floating Island and Tarte Tatin are both to die for.

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vipPierre
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the boullabaisse, a typical French dish from the South of France (Marseille, actually). What was missing was the rouille, a typical and indispensible ingredient for such dish.
It was also overpriced, at 26 $. The restaurant should not charge more than 20 $ for it.

The glass of Bordeaux red wine was also very stingy. It was more a half-glass, at best.

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MANNOV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was perfect in taste and excellent in presentation. The service was attentive but not bothersome, and Fred was great!

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Swinsty
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good food and great ambiance. I only saw 4 people dealing with all the tables and that was a little bit too much for them considering they were also juggling takeout orders. For our first venture out to eat in over a year, it was a great experience! The food is quite good and we will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the staff here! They are so kind and welcoming!

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vipAndrewWadsworth
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service - everything I look for in a good restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Loved it.

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vipEveB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Why did I not receive 100 points for booking on Open Table and dining here?

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CindyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our brunch was very good. The floating island is outstanding!

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shandc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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We ate on front patio of Cafe Rosemary, driven into the wind and cold by Covid fears. So the staff brought out propane heaters and we were toasty again.

And soon we were made even happier by Frederique's canapes,bouillabaisse, moule provencal (my favorite), and choice of wine.

Come soon before the traffic returns to upper Connecticut.

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JohnT
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ingredients expertly prepared in a lovely setting -- lots of attention to detail --make for a wonderful experience. You can find a detailed review by searching Rosemary on john tanners bbq blog

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time -excellent food and service. Will be back. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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hrfudold
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very friendly and accommodating the entire time. I love that the menu changes!

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vipSkip
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience eating outside with good heaters. Excellent food

Rosemary Bistro Cafe
Responded on February 15, 2021

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vipMarieM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (baby arugula salad, steak frites, pear) and friendly, attentive service

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diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brunch was good but presentation of food lacking. Service fine and outdoor eating
available.

FAQs

Rosemary Bistro Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5961.

Rosemary Bistro Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.